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Wednesday, 9 February 2011
ICSE 2011 Model Paper English 1
Answer to this paper must be written on the paper provided separately.
You will not be allowed to write during the first 15 minutes.
This time is to be spent in reading the question paper.
The time given at the head of the paper is the time allowed for writing the answers.
Attempt all four questions.
The intended marks for questions or parts of questions are given in brackets [ ].
You are advised to spend not more than 35 minutes in answering Question1
and 20 minutes in answering Question 2.
(Do not spend not more than 35 minutes on this Question.) 
Write a composition (350-400 words) on any one of the following:
a) What is the most grievous problem that our country faces today? Why do you think so?
b) There are many advertisements on magical cures for many diseases. Do you think they are effective or merely a trap to entice the ignorant?
c) You have a personal goal in your life. Elaborate how you plan to achieve this goal.
d) Write an original short story on the theme ‘Time heals all wounds”.
e) Study the picture given below. Write a story or description or an account of what it suggests to you. Your composition may be about the subject of the picture or you may take suggestions from it, however, there must be a clear connection between the picture and your composition.
[Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question]
Select any one of the following; 
a. An uncle of yours has told you that he was keen to visit an Industrial firm along with you. Unfortunately, due to an accident that befell him, he had to forego the plan. Write a letter to him consoling him and assuring him that the visit can be done on a future date.
b. Write a letter of complaint to the Customer Care Executive of an Industrial firm about a product you bought from the company being damaged and unusable.
Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:
Twentieth century music is an epoch that is difficult to define in terms of musical style. This time period mothered many new terms for musical styles because of the variety of music that was being written. Traditional forms and structures were altered by the twentieth century musicians and composers and reinvented using non-Western musical methods and conceptual ideas. Technology became an exceedingly significant aspect in the making of music. Electronically created sounds are used in combination with other electronic sounds or played together with conventional music devices. Of late, the application of computer technology has changed the way in which modern music is composed.
We can observe that the modern music encompass various trends which can be broadly classified in the following way.
Impressionism was of primary significance since it diverged from Romanticism and moved towards modern characteristics. Though this type of music was systematic, it still started the departure from the Romantic era. Impressionistic music was imprecise in structure, delicate in character, and had a mystifying ambience to it. Although not as significant as Impressionism, Expressionism was a major early twentieth century trend. Stylistically, expressionistic music avoided tonality to create dissonance. It was emotional and had a rather a Romantic feel to it.
Neo-Classicism can be regarded as the new classical trend which commenced its course in the early 1920s and continued as the foremost musical movement throughout the century and this is even now very popular. Neo-Classicism integrated the music of the Classical era, with regard to simplicity of feel and detachment. This style was based on the Classical era, yet it also blended Renaissance, Baroque, and some modern trends with it.
The musical style Jazz was the predominant music style of the 1900s. Jazz is mainly an American form and stays popular even today. Jazz can be considered as anything from popular music of the twentieth century to the improvised sounds of a dance group. Some major forms of Jazz have been Ragtime, Blues, Swing, Dixieland Jazz, Bop, and Boogie-Woogie. The later part of the 1900s, we can observe the emergence of new forms and techniques of Jazz which embrace cool jazz, progressive jazz, and rock and roll. In general these current styles have a greater variety in harmony, rhythm, and melody, and are less akin to dance music. They also occasionally use techniques and forms from classical music, and vice versa, as modern classical music often comprises Jazz characteristics.
Aleatory music is an extremely random style of music. The composer or the artist will arbitrarily choose musical elements and mix them into a piece of music. As this style music has no rules, any variety of music can be fashioned as a consequence. After the composer writes a piece in this atypical style, the artist then improvises on it, to make it more alien and unique. A few methods concerned with this form of unpredictable and arbitrary music are making the audience improvise along with the artist, using electronic or computer media, or reading poetry somewhere inside of the work.
The latest trend of the twentieth century dwells in electronic music. Electronic music takes electronically created sounds and transform them into a work of music. Like traditional music, electronic music has four common properties, such as amplitude, pitch, duration, and timbre. Electronic music is characteristically composed on either a synthesizer or a computer. The most modern trends in this type of music display electronic music in combination with Jazz.
a) Three words from the passage are given below. Give the meaning of each word as used in the passage. One word answers or short phrases will be accepted. 
b) Answer the following questions briefly in your own words:
1 Why is it difficult to define the Twentieth century music? 
2 What are the chief features of Impressionistic style of music? 
3 What is neoclassic music? 
4 What are the main aspects of Jazz? 
5 How does a composer make aleotary music? 
6 What is the present trend in modern music? 
c) Write in not more than 60 words on the various music styles 
d) Give a title to your summary. State a reason to justify your choice. 
a) In the following passage, fill in each of the numbered blanks with correct form of the words given in brackets. Do not copy the passage, but write in correct serial order the word or phrase appropriate in the blank space. 
Today more people than ever ……1…… (suffer) from sleep disturbances. Students should know that sleep ……2…… (enhance) memory. This is because the brain ……3……. (need) rest to process and store the information we have ……4…… (feed) into it. When we do not get the right amount of sleep, the brain is too blurry ……5…… (retain) the information. So……6…… (study) all night before an examination is not a good idea.
b) Rewrite the following sentences correctly according to the instructions given after each. Make other changes necessary without changing the meaning of any sentence. 
\1. We expect that they will finish the assignment by Monday. (Use them instead of they)
2. We are too proud to admit our mistakes. (Use: so…that)
3. The manager was very honest, yet he was dismissed. (Begin: In spite of…..)
4. The government is planning to establish a health centre in the village.
(Use: the noun form of establish)
5. Robert asked Violet, “Is this the right way to proceed? Can you guide me in this task?”
(Change into indirect speech)
6. As soon as Oliver sees Celia, he falls in love with her. (Begin: No sooner….)
7. He did not know how dangerous it is going to be. Otherwise he would not have attempted it.
(Begin: Had ….)
8. Ethiopia is one of the most deprived countries in the African continent. (Begin: Very few….)
9. My mother arrived a month ago. (Begin: It has…..)
10. The wounded were taken to the nearby hospital by an ambulance. (Change the voice)
c) Fill in the blanks with the appropriate prepositions. 
1 He sent her a letter of appreciation …….. mistake.
2 The old generator often goes out …… order.
3 She had been suffering from Pneumonia …………. last week.
4 The doctor cured her ……. the illness.
5 Do you prefer books ………...films?